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Blood Science (Distance Learning) - MSc

Why study this course?

This innovative distance learning MSc in Blood Science focuses on the diagnostic techniques, QA/QC and regulatory issues within this emerging field combining haematology, immunology, transfusion and clinical biochemistry developed from increasing automation within pathology.

The course now benefits from accreditation by the Institute of Biomedical Science enabling students to take full advantage of the opportunities for knowledge and career development that this affords.

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This MSc distance-learning course is designed to promote a deep understanding of the emerging mixed disciplinary area of blood science. You will examine different theoretical perspectives, methodological approaches, research interests and practical applications within the subject area, as an independent learner.

Designed with input from current practitioners in the field, the course is suitable for biomedical science practitioners and graduates of biomedical or related life sciences. The programme covers areas relevant to staff working within or wishing to work in blood science departments within pathology.

Delivered as a flexible distance-learning programme through our e-Portal WebLearn, you will be able to continue to work whilst studying. The self-guided eLearning materials have been specially designed to support your engagement with the course content.

Each module has a module leader who is responsible for developing the curriculum and coordinating the production of the eLearning materials. Some sessions are ‘broadcast live’ with modules running face-to-face so you can engage with tutors, lecturers and other students. You can also contact your module leader and discuss ideas with other students via email, discussion boards, and during live peer-to-peer support sessions.

Your final research project is to be conducted in your place of work with joint supervision provided by your laboratory training officer and a member of staff from the School of Human Sciences. For those not working in a suitable laboratory, research may be conducted at London Metropolitan University with additional bench fees for materials.

The course is designed to support professionals in their career development in the healthcare profession, biomedical/biotechnology industry or in academia and has the potential to lead on to doctoral studies.

This course has many benefits:

  • You can study at your own pace, with the support of our Biomedical Science team - no attendance required.
  • Single modules can be undertaken to gain continuing professional development (CPD) points.
  • You can start your course either in the September or January of the academic year.


Exercises and short phase tests will be used to provide you with feedback on your progress. Summative assessment of students’ knowledge base and their understanding will be incorporated into formal in-course tests/exercises, personal learning logs and end of module assessments completed at the end of each unit.

MSc research project assessment will culminate in the presentation of a dissertation and a poster presentation (via face-to-face messaging system or similar technology).

Professional accreditation

This course is accreditated by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), enabling students to take full advantage of the opportunities for knowledge and career development that this affords.

Students are eligible for eStudent Membership of the IBMS.

Single modules taken for CPD obtain 100 points per 10 credits with the IBMS.

It is also recommended by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

You will be required to have:

  • a first or second class honours first degree (or equivalent) in biomedical or life sciences subjects (that included appropriate biomedical content), although other subjects may be considered.

Lower grades, or non-degree qualifications supplemented by substantial work experience, may be considered at interview.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

The use of distance-learning modules designed originally for IBMS “top-up” can be used to convert from less relevant BSc routes by undertaking appropriate underpinning materials. Transfer of credit may also be possible.

An applicant who can demonstrate knowledge and skills at postgraduate level equivalent to up to one third of the MSc, PGDip or PGCert required modules may apply, through the Department’s APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) coordinator, for appropriate transfer of credit.

Students are advised to discuss eligibility for credit with the pathway leader before completing a Credit Application Form.

Core modules required to be taken to gain the MSc are as follows:

  • Bioethics, Research and Grant Proposal (20 credits)
  • Clinical Biochemistry (20 credits)
  • Haematology (20 credits)
  • Transfusion Science (20 credits)
  • Advanced Immunology (20 credits)
  • Research Project (60 credits)

In addition to the core modules 20 credits of optional modules must be selected from alternative modules available within our distance learning programme. The suggested path of study for two year completion of the course is made available upon admission.

Find out more about the modules from our course specification.

This course provides an extension of knowledge allowing practising biomedical scientists to be considered for promotion at work. Healthcare scientists are training in this discipline area too.

Career opportunities include employment in NHS hospital laboratories and other health-related areas. Graduates will also be well placed to apply for research studentships.
This course allows students to be considered for promotion at work.

Graduates with two years relevant professional experience can apply for the Member grade of membership

PhD research, pharmacology, biotechnology and similar employment opportunities are available.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

It is recommended that you apply at least one month before the next intake date, so that your application can be processed and you'll have access to materials in time for the “live linked” modules that you will join in with students who are studying at the University

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